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Every year, the AAMC convenes workforce community leaders at two annual events – the AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference (May) and Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting (November) – to present data and analysis and engage conversations on the health care workforce.

16th Annual AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference

Call for Abstracts

The AAMC is soliciting abstracts for health workforce research presentations for the 16th Annual AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference, which will be held May 6-8, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, Maryland.

The AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference is the premier opportunity for researchers, educators, and policymakers to meet and discuss state and federal health workforce issues. The 2020 AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference theme is Mapping Health Care’s Future: Drawing on Health Workforce Research to Imagine Where Health Care Can Go. The Conference Advisory Committee encourages submissions of research that inform health workforce policy, including research into the relationships between workforce and access, quality and cost, data collection and analysis, sources and quality of health workforce data, methods of measuring supply, demand, and need, and workforce distribution and diversity. 

In particular, we are interested in research that tackles the uncertainty we are facing in providing health care in the future, as well as research that highlights innovation and engages imagination.

Abstracts will be accepted online from November 9, 2019 through January 3, 2020. Three different types of submissions will be considered:

  1. Individual Research Abstracts – A submission based on a single research paper abstract.
  2. (NEW) Program and Policy Abstracts – Submissions describing programs and policies developed to address specific problems. Can be a description and/or an evaluation, though some evaluative component is required.
  3. Organized Panel Sessions – Three to four research paper abstracts, each with one presenter, on a shared topic. These may be panels of research abstracts and/or program and policy abstracts.

Applicants are welcome to submit individual abstracts as a presentation or poster. Abstracts not accepted for a panel or oral presentation will be automatically considered for a poster. After your submission is accepted as a presentation or a poster, you will be asked to confirm your intention to attend the conference, and you will need to register before April 3, 2020 to ensure appearance in the program. 


We encourage submission of original research on the following list of topics, though other research that informs key workforce issues is welcome.

Navigating uncertainty

  • Changes in supply, demand and specialty mix (due to technology advancement, population aging, etc.)
  • Seeking new meaning and looking for new and better pathways to diversity and inclusion
  • Health workforce’s response to changes in policy and regulations
  • How the health workforce is impacted by uncertainties in the political landscape

Highlighting policy innovation

  • Case studies and other research on how to improve health care
  • Innovative ways to pay for care and improve care quality
  • Innovative data collection and dissemination initiatives for better delivering care
  • Regional health system case studies highlighting innovative use of the health workforce to address the specific needs of diverse communities and populations

Re-imagining the health workforce

  • Evaluating new initiates for improving the diversity of the health workforce
  • Assessing diversity and disparities beyond the usual measures (e.g, sexual orientation and disability status of health providers)
  • Studies that examine the benefits of a diverse health workforce
  • Examining workplace climate and harassment
  • Professional fulfillment and burnout 
  • New roles, emerging professions, evolving skill mixes

New data, measures, and methods

  • New data collection initiatives
  • Innovative use of administrative or other existing data sources
  • Innovative analysis techniques and methodology advancement in health workforce studies
  • Data visualization, display and dissemination methodologies

Health Workforce diversity and inclusion

  • Trends in the diversity of the health workforce and health professions trainees
  • Strategies for improving the diversity of the health workforce
  • Studies that examine the benefits of a diverse health workforce
  • Diversity and inclusion programs, content, and curricula in health professions training
  • State or health system case studies highlighting innovative use of the health workforce to address the specific needs of diverse communities and populations

Health workforce wellness

  • Physician mental and physical health: trends and measures
  • Studies health work environment
  • Initiatives focusing on health workforce wellness,
  • Balancing work and life and its implications 

Other key health workforce issues

  • Work hours, productivity and retirement
  • Health professions education
  • Personal economy (e.g., student debt, salary)
  • Determinants of location choice
  • Health care need, demand and access 

We will offer a limited number of student scholarships to cover the cost of registration. We will also offer the following two awards for student submissions.

  • Best Abstract
  • Best Poster 

To submit, please access the submission site.

Important Dates*:

  • Jan 3, 2020: HWRC closes to submissions
  • March 6, 2020: Authors are notified of paper accepted into paper sessions and poster sessions
  • March 13, 2020: Authors confirm their attendance to HWRC
  • March 13, 2020: Registration Opens
  • April 3, 2020: Last day for early-bird registration, last day for presenter, moderators to register
  • May 6-8, 2020: Conference

*Dates are subject to change.


For more information, contact the AAMC Health Workforce team at

Previous Health Workforce Research Conferences

Annual Address on the State of the Physician Workforce

AAMC’s Annual Meeting, Learn Serve Lead, will be in Phoenix, Arizona, November 8-12, 2019. On Saturday, November 9, at 10:30 am, AAMC’s Director of Workforce Studies, Michael Dill, will deliver the Annual Address on the State of the Physician Workforce. He will provide an overview of the latest physician workforce projections and the multiple factors that influence workforce needs, including undergraduate and graduate medical education (UME and GME) trends, the workforce implications of emerging trends, such as work hours and retirement, and the growth in telehealth use. Mr. Dill will include available information and the most recent data on the physician workforce, including trainees, practitioners and faculty as appropriate. New data and trends in trainee and workforce diversity will be presented, as will current data and research on access to care, especially for vulnerable populations. The session will also feature new data from AAMC's National Sample Survey of Physicians.

Previous Annual Address on the State of the Physician Workforce Presentations


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